> Earlier today, following the Brewers’ first pitcher/catcher workout, Zack Greinke was, once again, brutally honest with the reporters who interviewed him.
Earlier this month, Greinke had expressed interest in re-signing with the Brewers, and was open to contract negotiations. But, when approached about the topic today by the reporters, he didn’t sound too excited to talk about it. Here were his exact words:
“I’m not even going to talk about that. Sorry. I get annoyed when other people talk about it, and I already did earlier. It’s the same stuff. Nothing has changed.”
That pretty much means that the contract talks with Greinke have gone nowhere, which is a bad sign. In my opinion, the Brewers need to sign him as soon as possible, because contract negotiations during the actual season can get dicey.
Greinke was also asked about his current situation regarding an agency, since, as of right now, he isn’t represented by one. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m not going to hire an agent for a while. There’s no reason to have one at the moment.”
It seems like he’s acting like there’s no rush to get a deal done. Well, Zack, we hate to rush you, but the season comes and goes like a breeze, so you might want to hire an agent sometime in the near future and get this thing out of the way.
I really hope a deal with Greinke gets done. Soon. He’s a key piece to the Brewers’ rotation in 2012, and beyond- hopefully.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum is Shaun Marcum, who actually wants a long-term deal with the Brewers, and he expressed that the day before yesterday. He was talking a bit negatively, as if he thought the Brewers were going to let him walk into free agency after this season. I guess I can’t blame him, because he only got a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.
I really hope his postseason performance last year isn’t affecting the way the Brewers are working with him contract-wise. Postseason numbers, in my opinion, really aren’t the way to go while thinking about whether or not to sign a player.
It would be great if the Brewers could give both contract extensions, but I understand their financial situation, and I know they might not be able to do that. But hopefully they can keep at least one, considering they gave up five very highly-touted prospects for the two pitchers combined.
> Ryan Braun is going to be in camp for the full-squad workouts, even though he doesn’t know whether or not he’ll be receiving a suspension.
I said this a few days ago, but I’ll reiterate it again- this better be resolved by the time Spring Training games start (which is March 3rd, I believe). We can’t have this thing looming over the Brewers throughout ST.
> And that’s about it. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.